Marilyn Bergman, wife, mother, grandmother and one of the most respected figures in music. A multi-award-winning lyricist with three Academy Awards, four Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and one Cable Ace Award among others.
For over sixty years in collaboration with her husband, Alan, Marilyn won Oscars for the songs, "The Windmills of Your Mind,” "The Way We Were,”and for the score for "Yentl.” Since their first Oscar nomination in 1968, they have been nominated sixteen times -- for such songs as "It Might Be You" from "Tootsie,” "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?"from "Best Friends,” "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" and "The Way He Makes Me Feel" from "Yentl" and "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” from “The Happy Ending.” “The Windmills of Your Mind" and "The Way We Were” also received Golden Globe awards and “The Way We Were” earned two Grammys. The four Emmys are for "Sybil," "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom,” “Ordinary Miracles” and “A Ticket to Dream.” In 1996 they were nominated for a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award and a Grammy Award for their song “Moonlight”performed by Sting from the Sydney Pollack film, “Sabrina.” Their principal collaborators have been Dave Grusin, John Williams, Quincy Jones, James Newton Howard and the late Michel Legrand, Johnny Mandel, Cy Coleman, Henry Mancini and Marvin Hamlisch.
Barbra Streisand paid tribute to them with a 2011 Grammy nominated CD of their songs titled “What Matters Most.”
2019 brought a new compilation of their work: “Frank Sinatra sings Alan & Marilyn Bergman.”
Marilyn was a force in her own right. In 1974, the American Film Institute (AFI) created the Women’s Directing Workshop. Marilyn along with Anne Bancroft, Dyan Cannon and Randa Haines were invited to participate in the class of ‘75.
In 1984, Marilyn, along with ten other women, founded the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee (HWPC) a political action committee that raised money for democratic candidates. It was described as the "the single most-powerful entertainment group" in politics.”
In 1985, Marilyn became the first woman to be elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). In February of 1994 after serving five terms as a board member, she was elected President and Chairman of the Board of ASCAP. That same year Marilyn was appointed to U.S. Dept of Commerce Private Sector Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure and was the sole creative artist on the Council.
All it takes is one listen to know there’s something uniquely special about DOE. Between the purity of her vocals, intuitive lyrics and soul-captivating sound, the singer-songwriter-musician — born Dominique Jones — is poised to usher in a new era of gospel/inspirational music that transcends traditional perceptions.
Music fans first heard DOE’s multifaceted talent in October 2020 with the release of her debut single “Brighter.” The ebullient hit track was the lead-off to her self-titled EP, released through gospel star Jonathan McReynolds’ Life Room Label in partnership with RCA Inspiration. Now DOE is ready to welcome everyone into her fearless world with Clarity, her debut full-length album due February 18th, 2022. The project borrows its title from one of the 11 tracks comprising the timely and cohesive package.
DOE says, “In listening to that song, I came to the understanding that it sums up the message of the entire album. Clarity is the point where I am in my life. I feel like I’m coming to a beautiful understanding of who I am and what my role is as a child of God.” As she sings on the mid-tempo track, “I feel a freedom in this melody … strip it down, take it off, let them see you wear your crown … be you, be you.”
The empowering honesty imparted in “Clarity” is the unapologetic through line DOE weaves within each song as she shares her own relatable joys and vulnerabilities while claiming hope and perseverance in a world still being rocked by the pandemic, racial unrest and other social issues. The other through line tying everything together: DOE’s ethereal vocals, which float and soar as they carry the listener along on a resonating journey.
Raised in a family of musicians, singers and songwriters, DOE “grew up listening and absorbing everybody that I could … even random people that I’ve found on YouTube. My voice, sound and writing are a combination of all those influences.”
And Clarity bears that out. For example, on the emotional ballad “When I Pray” she soulfully declares, “I know I can reach you when I pray. You’re never too busy for me. It’s not in your nature to turn away.”
Other standouts include the joyous “So Good,” the salvation-themed ballad “What I’m Waiting For” and “Mercy,” which showcases DOE’s elegant high register. Rounding out the album are the five tracks from DOE’s 2020 EP: “I Try,” “Good Now,” “Take Me Back,” “Hey You” and the aforementioned “Brighter,” which hit #1 on the Gospel radio charts.
DOE, also an accomplished guitarist, wrote all of Clarity’s 11 songs and also co-produced on some of the album, working with her brothers Judah Jones, and Dewitt Jones, plus Darryl Howell and McReynolds. DOE says with a laugh, “It was just a bunch of kids putting their brains together to give these songs wings to fly and have a good lifespan.”
Actually, DOE is no stranger to the Christian-Gospel world. Longtime fans no doubt initially remember her as the 19-year-old lead singer in the family septet forever JONES. The group released two albums on EMI Gospel, 2010’s Get Readyand 2012’s Musical Revival, and the self-released Prayer Tools, Vol. 1 in 2014. Along the way, forever JONES earned multiple Stellar and Dove Award nominations as well as two GRAMMYⓇAward nods for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance.
Born in Washington state and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, DOE began her solo evolution in 2014. She says, “I always knew I was going to do something on my own and my family always knew because I really have such an intense passion for singing and writing. I love that part of who I am.”
DOE went on to self-produce and independently release a couple of EPs and several singles with the help of her brothers. Then in 2018 she came to a crossroads, having also become a youth pastor at her church in Shreveport. DOE recalls, “I felt torn, because I had a really great church family. But I remember sitting with my pastor and him saying ‘Everybody’s waiting on you.’ And my decision to continue pursuing a solo career came at that moment.”
Later that same year, DOE was featured on McReynolds’ single “Cycles” from his Make Room album. The collaboration resulted in DOE’s third GRAMMYⓇ nod when the track was nominated for Best Gospel Performance/Song. Impressed by her singing and songwriting skills, McReynolds signed DOE to his Life Room Label.
Over the course of experimenting beyond her prayer music roots, DOE has crafted a unique sound that defies strict definition. The artist, who now lives in Nashville, says “Because what people know most about me is my family’s gospel group, my music is categorized as such. But when people listen to my solo material, they hear other elements like neo soul. I just think it’s really cool that everybody is digesting the music differently.”
Now her seven-year solo gestation is coming full circle with Clarity. And there’s only one main takeaway that DOE wants listeners to embrace. “The more of themselves that they’re willing to accept and not reject because it’s different from what others think, the more powerful their partnership with God and faith. That’s the freedom I want listeners to walk away with.”
Cuban-American, International Superstar, Gloria Estefan, is a Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, author of two New York Times best-selling children's books, philanthropist and humanitarian. Also one of the founder's of the Miami Sound Machine.
She is considered one of the world's most recognizable and beloved performers. Billboard Magazine considers her the single most successfulLatin crossover artist in music history.
Having sold over 100mllion records worldwide she's been award with 8 Grammy Awards, an Oscar nominated performance for the song "Music Of My Heart," a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, an induction into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The group earned Grammy Awards and enormous success for their albums Mi Tierra (1993) and Abriendo Puertas (1995), and has recorded a wide variety of Latin-influenced and more mainstream American pop. Known as the Queen of Latin Pop, Estefan has overcome a great deal of adversity in her life, most notably a bus accident that left her with a broken back from which she has since recovered. She made her acting debut in the 1999 Meryl Streep film, Music of the Heart. In 2004, she released Unwrapped and announced her final tour. She also published her first children's book about her dog Noelle.
In 2015, President Obama honored Emilio & Gloria Estefan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the United States, to world peace, and to cultural endeavors. In 2017, Gloria was the first Cuban-American singer-songwriter to receive The Kennedy Center Honors.
ON YOUR FEET!, the Tony Award nominated Broadway musical based on the lives and music of Emiliuo & Gloria Estefan. As Executive Producers, it is the story of two people who-through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream - showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. On Your Feet!! has received rave critical reviews and nominations for Tony Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards and Drama League Awards and is now on tour around the world.
Singer/Songwriter Siedah Garrett was first discovered by Quincy Jones and has toured internationally as a backup and featured vocalist with Jones, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and others. She is best known for co-writing Michael Jackson’s mega-hit “Man in the Mirror,” and for having recorded as MJ’s duet partner on his chart-topping BAD album lead single “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”. Garrett won a GRAMMY Award and earned anOscar nomination for her original song “Love You, I Do” performed by Jennifer Hudson in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, and her second Academy Award nominationcame as the result of co-writing the song “Real In Rio” with Sergio Mendes, from the animated film, Rio. As a recording artist, Siedah is well known for her timeless duets, including the top R&B single “Don’t Look Any Further” with ex-Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards, and her duet with Chaka Khan,“The Places You Find Love”. Popular artists who have recorded on her original songs include mentor Quincy Jones,Common, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Earth Wind & Fire, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, will.i.am, Fergie and many others. Legendary artist Diana Ross recently recorded one of Siedah’s songs, “The Answer’s Always Love”, which is included on her soon-to-be released album after a 15 year hiatus from recorded music. Siedah’s music also has been popular among film and television productions, having recently contributed the season finale song for the 4thand final season of the hit Netflix series,“Dear White People”, co-written with Emmy Award winning composer, Kris Bowers. Previous film and television music credits include Love Jones, The Lego Batman Movie, Rio, Rio 2, Dreamgirls, Batman, Lean On Me, Fast Forward, Baby Boom, The Voice, Netflix’s Fuller House, and the PlayStation video game Nioh. Siedah has become a go-to lyricist for special events and social causes, such as co-writing two theme songs for the Special Olympics World Games, the musical theme for the World Expo in Shanghai, the American Idol Gives Back campaign, Fergie’s “L.O.V.E. (Let One Voice Emerge)” song to encourage voter participation, her Autism Awareness theme song “It’s Time to Listen,” and her benefit single, “Carry On”, for the Race to Erase MS charity. Last year, Siedah was named by UNESCOas a recipient of their coveted Peace Ambassador Award. As an actor and television personality, Garrett’s early success in music led to her being named a regular guest host of Casey Kasem’s America’s Top Ten, along with a few standout acting roles in hit TV series including Facts of Life and Amen. She has served as in-studio vocal producer for American Idol and worked as voiceover talent for Toyota of Southern Californiafor over 16 years. The future continues to look bright for Garrett, as she transitions into lyric writing for musical theatre. In 2019, Siedah partnered with Academy Award-nominated composer John Debney, to create songs for a musical theater holiday production entitled "My Silent Night" and is now collaborating with multi-GRAMMY winning composer/producer Harvey Mason Jr. on the musical theater stage production of Will Smith’s blockbuster film, “The Pursuit of Happyness.” She also has been selected to co-write new songs for the forthcoming musical film production of “The Color Purple”, being produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones. Also, two of Siedah’s songs, “Man In The Mirror” and “Keep The Faith”, are included in the forthcoming Broadway jukebox production of “MJ: The Musical”. Siedah Garrett is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences - Music Branch/Executive Committee, and a rotating member of the Board of Governors of the Recording Academy’s Los Angeles Chapter. She continues to reside in Los Angeles and is married to former RCA Records VP/A&R, Erik Nuri, who also serves as her talent manager.
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers began singing together during high school and have remained partners ever since, adopting the moniker Indigo Girls in 1985. That partnership has proven profitable for the folk rock duo. Epic records signed them to a recording contract in 1988. The following year, they released the eponymously titled Indigo Girls (1989), featuring the hit single “Closer to Fine.” The album earned Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Folk Recording—they received the Grammy in the latter category. Indigo Girls have subsequently released Nomads*Indians*Saints (1990), Rites of Passage (1992), Swamp Ophelia (1994), Shaming the Sun (1997), as well as the live discs Back on the Bus, Y'all (1991) and 1200 Curfews (1995). In addition, Indigo Girls have appeared as themselves in the feature film Boys on the Side (1995) and on the television situation comedy Ellen (1994).
“To make it in this business, you either have to be first, great or different, and I was the first to ever go into Nashville, singin’ it like the women lived it.”
by Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn has long been established as the undisputed Queen of Country Music, with more than 60 years of recording and touring to her name. A self-taught guitarist and songwriter, Lynn was one of the most distinctive performers in Nashville in the 1960s and 1970s. She shook up Nashville by writing her own songs, many of which tackled boundary-pushing topics drawn from her own life experiences as a wife and mother. “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Fist City” and “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” are just three of 16 country No. 1 singles.
She is also one of the most awarded musicians of all time. Loretta has been inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist, including The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was the first woman to be named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 1972. Lynn received Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. In 2015, she was named recipient of Billboard’s inaugural Women in Music “Legend” Award. With 18 nominations spread out over every single decade for the last six decades, Lynn has won four Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, and her most recent in 2019. She has sold more than 45 million records worldwide.
In January 2021, Still Woman Enough, the American music icon’s 50th studio album (excluding her 10 studio duet collaborations with Conway Twitty) became her latest. In it she celebrates women in country music. From her homage to the originators, Mother Maybelle Carter and the Carter Family (via her cover of “Keep On The Sunny Side”), through a new interpretation of her very first single, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl
The album hit #1 in Country, #5 on Billboard’s top albums, #3 on Americana charts, #1 on Apple Music, and #1 on Amazon music when released! Her powerful vocals, six decades into her career, will still leave you both awed and delighted.
Loretta Lynn signed her first recording contract on February 1, 1960, and within a matter of weeks, she was at her first recording session. Fans fell in love with Loretta’s instantly recognizable delivery as one of the greatest country-music voices in history. No songwriter has a more distinctive body of work. In lyrics such as “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’” and “Your Squaw Is on the Warpath”, she refused to be any man’s doormat. She challenged female rivals in “You Ain’t Woman Enough” and “Fist City.” She showed tremendous blue-collar pride in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “You’re Lookin’ at Country.” She is unafraid of controversy, whether the topic is sex (“Wings Upon Your Horns”), divorce (“Rated X”), alcohol (“Wouldn’t It Be Great”) or war (“Dear Uncle Sam”). “The Pill,” her celebration of sexual liberation, was banned by many radio stations. Like the lady herself, Loretta Lynn’s songs shoot from the hip.
As millions who read her 1976 autobiography or saw its Oscar winning 1980 film treatment are aware, Loretta is a Coal Miner’s Daughter who was raised in dire poverty in a remote Appalachian Kentucky hamlet. Living in a mountain cabin with seven brothers and sisters, she was surrounded by music as a child.
“I thought everybody sang, because everybody up there in Butcher Holler did,” she recalls. “Everybody in my family sang. So I really didn’t understand until I left Butcher Holler that there were some people who couldn’t. And it was kind of a shock.”
She famously married Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn at 15 years old. “Doo” was a 21-year-old war veteran with a reputation as a hell raiser. When she was seven months pregnant with her first child, they moved far away from Appalachia to Custer, Washington. By age 20, she had four children (two more, twins, came along in 1964). Isolated from her native culture and burdened with domestic work, she turned to music for solace.
Rose Marie McCoy was blessed with many talents. She was able to write both lyrics and music, and she was a talented singer. As an independent songwriter, not connected to one publishing company, she went from publisher to publisher to plug her songs. From a tin top shack in Arkansa to having her own office in the Brill Building, hers is truly an inspirational story.
Rose Marie McCoy broke into the white male-dominated business side of the recording industry in 1953, becoming not only one of the most
sought after songwriters of the 1950s, ‘60s, and ’70s, but also a record producer and music publisher. Her first song was recorded in 1946 and her last creations came out in 2013 on a country album. She has written over 850 songs.
“I don’t know of any other songwriter who has accomplished what she has,” says Al Bell, former owner of Stax Records and past president of Motown Records Group. “Getting so many songs recorded by so many established artists: Ruth Brown, Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Sarah Vaughan, Shirley Caesar, Etta James, Dinah Washington. The list goes on and on. And look at the diversity of styles: gospel, blues, Rhythm & Blues, jazz, rock, pop, country. It’s incredible what she has done.”
A true pioneer, Rose Marie McCoy not only paved the way for the female pop specialists that followed, she also greatly contributed to the crossover from segregated R&B to international Rock ’n’ Roll. Though her name is not well known, nearly everyone has heard Rose Marie McCoy’s music. Original recordings are heard on television shows, in movies and Broadway musicals. She’s written radio commercials that featured James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles. Often current recording artists discover a Rose Marie McCoy gem and re-record it decades later. Though “Trying to Get to You”, was not the hit she wrote for Elvis, the song has been covered by 70 other artists.
GRAMMY winner Dr. Jody Watley, singer/songwriter/producer/businesswoman/motivational speaker, is one of the architects of 21st century pop. From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B (1989’s “Friends,” a collaboration with hip-hop legends Eric B. & Rakim pairing that is the first to crossover R&B/Hip-Hop, Pop and Dance into the Billboard Top 10 “Friends,” to her vision-forward marriage of high fashion, street fashion and music in the ‘80s (long before it became the norm), to her fusion of jazz and underground club culture with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre, Jody Watley forged the template that is now everybody’s playbook.
June 2022 the music icon is set to be honored with Jody Watley Day at the Georgia State Capitol and receive the prestigious Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. She will also be inducted into the Women’s Songwriters Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. that same month.
Watley received her first Honorary Doctorate in March 2022. The honor was bestowed upon the iconic singer-songwriter-businesswoman before she addressed the graduating class of 2022 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She received an Honorary Doctorate Degree Doctor of Philosophy in Entrepreneurship & Business Administration from the T.I.U.A. School of Business, an affiliate of Trinity International University of Ambassador. She was also presented the Women of Distinction Award from United Nations Global Women Foundation during the academic ceremony... https://jodywatley.net/jodywatleybio/
2022 Junko Yagami -- Profile Junko Yagami is a singer-songwriter whose music, carefully delivered word by word, inspire listeners. She made her professional debut with the single "Omoide wa utsukushisugite" in 1978. Her third single "Mizuiro no Ame" was a big hit, followed by a string of best sellers including "Omoide no sukuriin," "Polar Star," "Mr. Blue – watashi no chikyu" and "Purple Town." She moved her base to Los Angeles in 1987. In 2012, live performances in Japan were resumed in full scale. Her 20th original album "TERRA~here we will stay" was released on September 29th, 2021, after a five-and-a-half-year break. Her discography includes "Here I am -Head to Toe-," "There you are" and others. She is active performing throughout Japan with various types of musicians in live concerts: such as special concert "Yaga Matsuri" at Shibuya Bunkamura Orchard Hall, "To your town" "Billboard live – The Night Flight" and "Premium symphonic concert."
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